Nearly 1,000 homes get go-ahead in Norfolk town

Plans for nearly 1,000 homes in a town near Norwich have been approved by councillors.

The housing schemes on three separate sites in Thorpe St Andrew were given the backing of Broadland Council's planning committee.

The first is for 600 homes, including 180 affordable properties, on fields at Brook Farm and Laurel Farm.

The second scheme is for 231 homes at Pinebanks and the third plan is for 71 more affordable homes on Griffin Lane.

The plans also include a new link road, community facilities and an extension to a business park.

The Pinebanks scheme involves the part demolition of the old Norwich Union sport centre.

To compensate for the loss of the sports facilities, the developers are planning two football pitches at Dussindale Recreation Ground and a £1m contribution to providing a new sports facility at Thorpe St Andrews School.

The developer also intends to contribute £400,000 towards a new community building for the town council.

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